Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

It’s an ill wind

A trip around the lighthouse was always a popular excursion in the Victorian seaside, while coastal paddle steamers could make a decent living when the weather was not too stormy. Sea voyages to nowhere have rather gone out of fashion in recent years, so it was good to see that offshore windfarms are now becoming a popular tourist attraction in European waters Continue reading

Now wipe your feet

There are some days when you feel that the lunatics really have taken charge of the asylum. That estimable watcher of Washington Dennis Bryant notes in his excellent newsletter that the US Maritime Administration is seeking “interested offerors to conduct a study of the safety, economic and environmental issues of vessels to be conducted with double hulls.” Continue reading

Oversight, assessment of risk and management: Part 2

In my last post I began looking at risk management and would like to elaborate further and see how this applies to shipping, the offshore oil industry, and particularly oil spills? Continue reading

Ferry fuel of the future

“It will never work because there is no infrastructure!” I wonder how many times these words, or their 19th century equivalents, were spoken by sailing ship owners contemplating the move into mechanical propulsion. Continue reading

The Magnetic North

The United States has granted Royal Dutch Shell conditional approval of its plan to begin drilling exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea, off the North Slope of Alaska, next summer. Continue reading